Welcome to Day 3 of Ranger Week, as with continue with our week-long focus on Tim Holtz Distress Stains. Throughout the course of this week we’re going to share with you a TON of different free video tutorials on a range of different techniques using Distress Stains, we’ll also show you some examples of projects incorporating these techniques. To top off the week, Ranger has graciously donated five sets of twelve Distress Stains. Each day this week someone will win this fabulous collection of Distress Stains. All five winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th at 4 pm EST. You can keep up to date on what’s going on at Ranger by visiting their blog, and their Facebook Page.
In today’s video, Sophia is going to show you how easy it is to create a gorgeous background by stamping WITH the Distress Stains. The technique we are featuring today is called Watercolor Stamping with Distress Stains. It involved applying the Distress Stains to a stamp, misting it with water, and then stamping onto your surface. Although Sophia applied this technique to a Hero Arts Background stamp, it can be used on any solid image stamp.
When you are stamping with Distress Stains, it’s important to keep in mind that Distress Stains are much more fluid than your traditional dye-based ink pads or pigment ink pads. No matter how you apply it, you are NOT going to get a crisp, clean impression, the same way that you do with dye-based or pigment ink pads. If this is the look you are going for, then know that you won’t be happy with the outcome. However, if you like the watercolor look, then that is exactly what you’ll get with Distress Stains. By knowing and understanding the properties of your medium and knowing how to work with it, you’ll get results you love. In this technique Sophia plays up the fluidity of the Distress Stains, by misting on water, and then applying it to a watercolor paper. She also shows you what kind of effect you’d get working on other surfaces.
Sophia also shows a variation on this technique, where she replaces the water with Perfect Pearls Mist – another awesome Ranger product.
Watercolor Stamping With Distress Stains
*Please note that the video mentions that all 5 winners will be announced on Monday April 16th. The correct date should be Friday April 20th at 4pm EST.
The finished card includes a colouring with Distress Markers technique. The video on how to create the card from start to finish is available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.
A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library
The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through my series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, I began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 I launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in the library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.
Here at Paper Crafter’s Library, we make a great effort to provide tons of FREE content in the form of video tutorials. You can access our free videos from our Public Video Library Page by clicking on the categories that say “this section contains one or more complimentary videos” underneath the link. By signing up for our free email newsletter, you’ll also receive a free weekly video tutorial. Another great source of ongoing inspiration and information is the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page. Access to the FULL library and to our premium content is a members-only benefit, for which there is a monthly fee (like signing up for an ongoing online class). If this interests you, you can check out the Benefits of Becoming a Member.
Distress Stain Give-Away
As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, every day this week we’ll be giving away one set of 12 Distress Stains – to a total of 5 winners. All you have to do to enter is to leave us a comment on each day’s post. You can expect the posts to be published before 12 pm EST each day this week. All five winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th at 4 pm EST.
P.S. We’d appreciate it if you’d spread the word about Ranger week on your blog, FB and/or Twitter! The more people that visit and comment, the more we have companies like Ranger sponsoring our site with great products we can give away to you!
P.P.S. We encourage you to stop by the Ranger Blog to thank them for their great give-away, and let them know we sent you!
If you are interested in purchasing the products we are featuring this week, they are all carried by our trusted partner Simon Says Stamp. They have fantastic customer service and great shipping rates. Simply click on any image below to be directed to the product.